The first time I had the taste of the entrepreneur bug, I felt alive.
I started my own side-hustle and made some extra change. I was able to afford the little luxuries I hadn't been able to afford before. I had a team who I could teach and who trusted me to lead.
Then, my first business failed.
It didn't fail because the demand for product wasn't there. And it sure didn't fail because I did something wrong, so to speak...
You know when you're at a job interview and your potential employer asks you--in my opinion--the hardest question to ever exist at an interview? The-"Why should I hire you?"-question? I'm not gonna lie, sometimes when I'm doing client consultations, I feel like I'm answering this question without being asked the question. Yes, you have a choice to hire me or not hire me. But here's what you don't get a choice in when you do.
Her shirt was already dirty, and her braids were getting undone. The teacher was telling her to have a seat for her school yearbook photo. And with the teacher's permission, her mom stood behind the photographer shouting at her child "Sit up!", "Smile!", and the ever-popular "Say Cheese!"
I stood there in line waiting to be next. When it was my turn, I already knew the routine. Sit up, smile, and say cheese. I was in the 1st grade.
When I think back to those days as a child, I remember that being a standard thing to do--and to a mass majority of people, it still is. And to set the record straight, there's nothing wrong with that. But here's how I see it.
Would you rather have a wall full of pictures of your kids always just sitting up straight (or standing up straight) looking at the camera saying cheese, or would you rather have pictures of your kids being--well, kids? A picture that embodies the character and personality of your child, or one that has a story to tell?
Personally, I'd rather have a picture that shows realness. If you agree, which I'm sure you do since you're still with me. ;)
I figured I'd let you in on my top 8 Tips on Photographing Kids.
1. Go Down to Their Level
When taking photos of kids, you want to go down to their level--literally. Take a moment to see the world the way they do. Often times, their point of view can be more interesting than your average day-to-day views. Not only will you get interesting angles, but when you talk to kids at eye level there's a sense of respect that kids feel. If you took their photos just from way above, they look small, and to them--they'll feel small too.
I couldn't sleep, my palms were sweaty, and my heart was racing. Did I have everything ready and packed up? Did I get the location right? What time am I leaving? Three-hundred and eighty-two questions later, I knocked out.
Ready or not, I was shooting my first wedding.
I am a...
Los Angeles native.